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A Very Hungry Caterpillar Skirt

2016 June 10

Thank you so much everyone for all of your kind words on my last post. I have found that rest is helping so, so much, and I am doing my very best to not overbook myself going forward. It’s so easy to feel overwhelmed by the number of creative things available for doing – but I am learning that it is ok not to be “doing” all of the time. Also, I was relieve to find that the number of people visiting this blog did not go down while I was away – good news for sure!

I’ve pulled an oldie-but-goodie project today (read: made last year and sat in the mending pile until last month!). This also happens to be Thread Riding Hood’s 499th post  - wow! I think I will do a little pdf pattern giveaway next week for the 500th. Crazy that I’ve written that much!  I am so grateful for each and every one of you for coming back post after post.

Last year around this time, my youngest had an end-of-the-year school presentation for her junior-kindergarten class. Her teacher had chosen to act out Eric Carle’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar - and worked for months on the project I’m sure. It was so cute! Little 4 and 5 year old’s each being one of the foods in the story, while a “caterpillar” ate them up. My daughter was chosen to be a narrator (ie. “read” some of the book) and she was SO proud! How could I not sew something for her to wear? Of course this happened the night before the presentation, as usual!

I’ve always loved No Big Dill’s Once Upon a Thread series, so making clothing based on a book seemed natural. Eric Carle’s design style is amazing. I love the illustrations in his books. He paints onto paper and then cuts it out to create each shape. I figured I could sew up another Potato Chip Skirt and do something with random fabric piecing. Turns out it works great!

I left all of the edges raw to make my life easier – but since they are fused to the skirt they haven’t frayed too much so far. The button caterpillar was based on this idea for a onesie that I found. Instead of embroidering the antennae I used a paint pen for them.

I tried to photographed the skirt while my daughter was on her way out the door to school. (Explaining the different photos in this post.) Here begins the adventure that has lasted a year. Sending a 4 year old to kindergarten in a white skirt required a trip through the wash. In the wash one of the sun’s rays fell off. The skirt then landed in the middle of a giant mending pile.

I finally found my embroidery floss a month or so ago and stitched each fabric piece onto the skirt. Now she can wear it whenever she wants – thank goodness. Turns out she’s talking about bugs right now in school – it’s perfect, like I might have planned it even. (Our little secret, right?!)

I am still so happy with the results – despite being terrified to let her wear a white skirt. Really, if I could I would love to frame it – but she wants to wear it, so that will have to wait. Kinda makes me want to sew up a giant one as a baby quilt though…. The only thing I was a bit sad about was not piecing in the smiling sun face – but that would have been a bit over the top for a “the night before” project!

 What crazy last-minute (or not!) projects have you made lately?

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  1. June 10, 2016

    So cute!! My daughter wants one now too. I JUST finished my first piecing project – string piecing for a sewing machine cover. I loved it! I need to make excuses to incorporate piecing into clothing (since I make that way more than anything else).

    • June 13, 2016

      This project is perfect for that Mindy! So much fun too – and doesn’t require a lot of planning, since the pieces are cut out afterwards :)

  2. June 10, 2016

    That. Is. Fantastic!!!!!!

    Book themed clothing, I can’t imagine why I love it so much :) She must have been so thrilled to wear this. Great job on transferring it to a fabric interpretation.

    • June 13, 2016

      Heehee Melwyk! I can’t imagine why you love it either! Ha :) Thanks, she really does love it and it’s such a cute book!

  3. Mary Sue Owens permalink
    June 11, 2016

    My daughter is expecting her first child in a month. I have already made a cocoon and hat for the first photo shoot. My juices have got a get going quickly…onesie, dress, blanket???? Love your skirt!!! :>)

    • June 13, 2016

      Oh my goodness! Congratulations! Babies are so much fun to sew for :) Thank you so much!

  4. June 12, 2016

    You’re amazing! This skirt is great, I almost can’t believe it’s a last-minute-project.

    • June 13, 2016

      Crazy what you can do when you are in a hurry! Though, I likely stayed up way too late to do it ;) Thanks Mirjam!

  5. ann (no e) permalink
    June 16, 2016

    Hi Sheri,
    Love that you are back blogging but now rested ;) I love this skirt as the book is one of my favourites. I made a fabric book using Pellon, fabric paints from the book for use in my classroom. My daughter now has it in her school library. I love this skirt pattern and have the next project for our two granddaughters in mind. I am opting towards the new indie pattern designers after fighting my way through a useless McCall’s pattern to make dresses for said GD’s to match American Girl Doll Dresses. The instructions are obscure as are the illustrations, especially with the multi-size patterns.
    Summer on the way, school is almost out. Take good care.

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